Welcome to the website of the West Fargo Fire Department. The department is a combination career/volunteer hybrid system with 14 full time members and 44 volunteer members; a strength of 58 total members. The department also operates as both a “city” and “rural” department, responding to all calls for service within the 14.4 square mile footprint of the City of West Fargo and fire/rescue calls within the 71 square mile rural response area consisting of the City of North River, City of Relies Acres, and Reed, Raymond and Mapleton Townships. The department provides services with resources from two facilities: Central Station located at 106 1st Street and Southside Station located at 445 29th Avenue. Each station supports a “first run” engine company and rescue truck. Central Station also supports a tower ladder truck, brush truck and a tanker. The Southside also supports a battalion chief truck, tanker and brush truck. Five full time personnel and twenty-two volunteers report to Central Station. Nine full time firefighters and twenty-two volunteers report to Southside Station. The fire department maintains an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of 4/4x for the service area, meaning areas within 5 square miles of a station have an ISO Rating of 4 and the areas outside the 5 mile radius also enjoys a 4 rating.
Resources of the fire department were used to respond to 407 fire and rescue calls in 2016. Out of the 407, 43 were in the rural response areas. This represents 117 additional calls for service from 2012, a 40% increase over five years and the busiest year ever. In 2016, the department had 85 days where more than two calls came in, the busiest day was August 27th with 10 calls for service and the busiest week was June 19th – 25th, when the department had 41 calls for service in seven days.
The West Fargo Fire Department’s Strategic Plan (2016) identified increased traffic congestion and the expanding footprint of the City as challenges for maintaining consistent response times (both in terms of station to incident and volunteers to incident conditions). Both conditions were cited as causes for inconsistent call response times, and inconsistent personnel on site, using the 2015 calls for service data. In cooperation with the Fire Department Board of Directors, the West Fargo City Commission, and the staff at City Hall, we have enacted a sweeping change in the service delivery model. A hybrid full-time/volunteer system has been created, whereby single engine calls for service (car fires, medical calls, service calls) are handled with a full time engine crew of four and a battalion chief. Eight additional volunteers respond to all 1st alarm calls for service with the full time engine crew and battalion chief. In the case of a 2nd alarm or greater, an additional forty-five off duty and volunteer firefighters can respond to the scene or handle subsequent alarms.
In all that we do, we strive for excellence and are committed to community service. I encourage the public to contact me directly at (701) 433-5380 or email@example.com with concerns, comments, or compliments.
Thank you for your continued support.
Daniel Fuller, MPA, NRP
Chief of the Department
West Fargo Fire Department